THE NETHERLANDS – Without referring to the Eurovision Song Contest the Dutch Cabinet expressed their concern regarding the future of events and festivals. As the Dutch press reveals, the Dutch Cabinet thinks that safety can be certain for events and festivals in a year or more…
The Cabinet cannot yet specify an exact date on which “mass events” can take place again. In a letter about the relaxation of the corona measures, Minister Hugo de Jonge (Health, Welfare and Sport) writes that these events can only take place again if there is a vaccine against the virus.
“For the last step, the massive events with a rural appearance, we can not yet mention a date,” the letter states. “Actually, that is only possible once there is a vaccine, and no one knows how long it will take. Of course, we hope soon, but a year or more is very real.”
It was previously announced that all events can not take place until September 1. Large festivals such as Pinkpop and Lowlands, but also events such as Pride have already been cancelled.
Although no official decision has yet been made on festivals and other gatherings that take place after this date, the continuation of this will depend on the development of a vaccine. Yesterday the minister expressed the expectation that this will certainly take another six months and perhaps a few more years.
EBU has made no statement regarding this but so fr we know that they are working “offline” for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam after the city re-affirmed hosting.